Android vendorst fail to install security patches

Smartphone manufacturers caught lying to consumers about having the latest Android Security patches

Some Android OEMs have been caught lying about security patches

Besides manufacturers, SRL said some chip makers are to blame.

The lengthy wait for a fix has placed Google on a bad light and the best possible explanation for it is that Google will hope to release the fix through the next-gen Android system, Android P. Android P is expected to make its official release in late June and it is likely to iron out on every problem inside Oreo. "The lessons is that if you go for a cheaper device, you end up in a less well-maintained part to this ecosystem", a researcher was quoted as saying by the Wired. "Sometimes these guys just change the date without installing any patches".

The takeaway here is that even though a new phone might not have every single patch, the Android OS is still tough to hack.

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Scott Roberts, Android's product security lead also noted that security patches are only one level of protection built into Android devices.

Due to these findings, SRL has updated its SnoopSnitch app, allowing Android phone users to get an accurate breakdown of which updates have and haven't been installed. MediaTek chipsets, on the contrary, had an average of 9.7 missing security patches.

This OnePlus phone seems to be in decent, if outdated, security shape. According to the firm there have been almost a dozen patches that were skipped by certain OEMs, which means that some users, and likely a large number of them considering how many Android phones are out there and how many vendors weren't applying the patches as regularly as Google intended, were continuing to use phones that weren't up to date and weren't able to protect their users from current (at the time) security risks that Google was pushing out these patches for. "It's small for some devices and pretty significant for others". All that said, Google has reportedly pointed out some details which are worth considering - some of the devices may not have been Android certified devices which means they wouldn't be offering the same standard of security updates as Google and other more trusted OEMs. The "patch gap" varies between device and manufacturer, but given Google's requirements as listed in the monthly security bulletins-it shouldn't exist at all.

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Or so you'd think. The results are startling-the researchers found a significant "patch gap" between what many phones report as the security patch level and what vulnerabilities these phones are actually protected against. It appears Motorola may not be living up to its promises.

One of the interesting revelations from the research is that even major vendors such as Xiaomi and Nokia (which promise swifter updates) had on an average between one and three missing patches, whereas HTC, Motorola, and LG had missed between three and four patches.

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